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  • Incarnation - Assuming a human nature


    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    - John 1:14

    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

    - 1 Timothy 3:16


  • Assumed - to take upon oneself; to take on


    While Jesus' incarnation prepared and qualified Him for His work as Mediator, Jesus' humiliation began with His humble birth. Christ's birth into the world was a great humiliation for the following two reasons:

    1. His being born as a dependent creature in a sinful world - Jesus is the almighty, the all-glorious, the all-knowing God. To be born as a human being in the form of a servant, under His own law, dependent upon a creature - His mother Mary; and feeling the results of sin - weakness, pain, suffering; were unspeakable humiliations for Christ!

      Part of the Christmas morning sermon arrested Martin's attention. With a sense of awe he heard the minister speak of Christ's birth in these terms:

      "The Prince of All-Glory became a babe in a manger; the infinite One became bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh; the Son of God became Son of man; the Creator came forth from a creature; He who is above the world came into the world; the Almighty became a little child; the Eternal was born a child of time; the Law-Giver became a debtor to the law; He whose dwelling fills the sinless heavens was born onto a sinful earth; He who thunders in the heavens cried in the manger..."

      Martin listened spellbound! Never had he received an impression like this before of the depth of Christ's humiliation in His willingness to be born as a dependent creature in a sinful world!

      Why can we never fully comprehend nor explain the depth of Jesus' humbling birth?

    The taking of our human nature upon Himself is not in itself a humiliation for Christ, for Christ will retain His human nature forever in glory. But the fact that He assumed our human nature when it was under the weakness and consequences of sin passes all human understanding! Jesus Christ was willing to be born and suffer under the bondage and results of sin.

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